Published March 14, 2018
TEMECULA, CALIFORNIA – The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians’ official Grand Opening ribbon cutting Saturday, March 3 in front of the all-glass enclosed lobby kicked off a stunning weekend of concerts, firework displays and VIP parties that officially opened the Tribe’s $300 million resort expansion.
Now the largest resort/casino on the West Coast, Pechanga Resort Casino offers guests approachable luxury with subtle elements of the Tribe’s Native heritage woven into architectural and resort experiences. This major expansion added 568 AAA Four Diamond hotel rooms and suites, a 4.5-acre pool complex, two additional restaurants, a two-level luxury spa with fitness and yoga studio, and another 68,000 square feet of meeting and event space including the 40,000 square foot Pechanga Summit.
“We are setting a higher standard of excellence and taking the resort gaming experience in Southern California and beyond to another level,” said Pechanga Development Corporation President, Edith Atwood. “We are deeply grateful to our dedicated and talented Team Members and the thousands of construction workers who helped build this beautiful facility. “Of course, none of this would be here if it wasn’t for our loyal guests who continue to visit, continue to talk about their positive experiences with friends.”
Pechanga hired 750 people during 2017 and early 2018 for permanent positions to staff the resort expansion areas. Jobs ranged from entry level to management roles. Pechanga Resort Casino is the third largest private employer in Riverside County with 4,750 Team Members. (*Stats from Riverside County Economic Development Agency)
Pechanga’s $300 million grand opening events included the official ribbon cutting with Tribal officials and dignitaries, a VIP poolside party with many recognizable personalities at The Cove, the new resort pool complex, a fireworks display set off from the Pechanga hotel tower and a performance in the Pechanga Summit on Saturday, March 3, by rock and roll icon Steven Tyler, and a Boyz II Men performance the following day on Sunday, March 4.
Snapshot of Pechanga Resort Casino After Grand Opening:
- Casino square footage: 200,000
- Event/meeting/convention square footage: 100,000 (indoor) 174,500 (outdoor)
- Number of hotel rooms: 1,090
- Number of restaurants & bars: 20
- Number of pools & spas: 15
- Number of employees: 4,750
Pechanga Expansion Has an Economic Output of over $550 million
Nearly 3,000 jobs from construction-related activities
560 total new jobs within community going forward from expanded operations
Local Improvements Funded by Pechanga as Result of Expansion
$5 million to widen Pechanga Parkway and improve local roads. Over $9 million in funding for local law enforcement
$14 million contributed for Interstate 15/Temecula Parkway Ultimate Interchange